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Old 08-21-2013, 12:25 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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A few months ago my husband found a note on his windshield that said "Your car needs new breaks. Now!". It wasn't signed so he had no idea who wrote it. A few days ago a neighbor we don't really know came up to my husband and asked him if he had gotten new breaks yet. In the short conversation he found out that it was this neighbor who put the note on his car.
The hubby is sure that the neighbor is being a jerk and a snob but I think that he may just be trying to be helpful. The hubby thinks because he finished the note with "Now!" the note was not meant to be helpful. He thinks the note was meant to say something like "Get your breaks fixed now before you go out driving in that unsafe car, you *******". I don't know though. Ending the note with "Now!" is a bit odd. I'm curious how others view the note.
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Old 08-21-2013, 12:39 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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I'm curious how others view the note.
Ignore it.

[and ignore the neighbor]
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Old 08-21-2013, 01:14 AM
 
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This should be in Non Romantic Relationships surely.

Anyway, what he said.
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Old 08-21-2013, 01:40 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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I wouldn't take it personally. The "Now!!!" May have been your neighbors way of trying to emphasize that this was a safety matter that cannot wait. He might be worried your husband coud unintentionally hit someone (like a child running into the street) due to heavily worn brakes.
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:24 AM
 
Location: New Zealand and Australia
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Its probably your neighbour being a tool. As long as you get your brakes checked at 15,000 and 25,000 miles and then every 5,000 miles after that. Or if there is an issue. You will be doing the right thing.

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Old 08-21-2013, 02:27 AM
 
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hit the neighbor with the car, and excuse your breaks for the misshap?
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:31 AM
 
Location: Knightsbridge
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I have a general theory on how to take things: "If I can take something in a way that is offensive or a way that is not offensive, the other person meant it in a non-offensive way."

If someone sent a letter to you to check your brakes, then get the brakes checked if you feel there might be merit in it.
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Old 08-21-2013, 03:51 AM
 
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i had a neighbor once, that had brakes that squealed,,, and it was loud,,,
so i can understand the neighbors frustration,,,,,but not the now!!

id take it as,,,concern, leave it at that- unless the guys a brake mechanic,,and is trying to drum up business..
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Old 08-21-2013, 05:31 AM
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Location: Columbia, SC
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Does the neighbor own a brake repair shop? Does have have that Midas touch? Or perhaps he meant your husband was not taking enough breaks at work?
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Old 08-21-2013, 05:53 AM
 
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Are the brakes squealing? Maybe your husband is annoying/waking up the neighbor's family when he drives by. I can remember when our old car growing up needed the brakes checked, we could hear my dad coming from blocks away to pick us up at school. All the other kids would giggle and look to see what was coming... and then it was our dad . A funny memory now, but it was a high-pitched screech too.
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